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NBA announces anti-flopping rules for the playoffs

Apr 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

Reggie Evans; Amir Johnson

The NBA instituted an anti-flopping policy at the beginning of the season aimed at cutting down the amount of acting players do to garner the favor of the officials.

The punishments for violating the league’s rules against flopping were extremely minor, with a player getting a warning for a first offense, followed by a $5,000 fine for a second offense, and fines that would increase for every offense thereafter.

In total, there were 24 violations; 14 players received warnings, while five players — Omer Asik, J.J. Barea, Reggie Evans, Kevin Martin, and Gerald Wallace — received the fine for violating the rule twice.

The league will continue the policy for the postseason, with one small change: The warning for a first offense is now gone completely, so any player who violates the anti-flopping rules will receive a $5,000 fine, which would increase to $10,000, $15,000, and then $30,000 for a second, third, and fourth offense.

The league makes it clear that if a player were to be in violation of the rule five times or more, there would be “discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances” in the form of an increased fine or possible suspension. We all know it won’t get to that, of course, and the league would obviously be just fine with that.

The dollars involved aren’t substantial enough to prevent players from trying to pick up an advantage in this way, especially during the postseason. The policy is soft, but its aim of bringing attention to a part of the game that fans (and officials) would like to see disappear forever is at least a place to start.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Upon receiving a document with the information listed above, Chris Paul immediately fell to the ground.

    There was no one within 5 feet of him.

  2. chicitybulls - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    2 Nets on the list of those who received fines for flopping. Good news for the Bulls. hahaha.

    • mytthor - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Also good news for the Bulls: The Nets are awful.

  3. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I follow the NBA on twitter and noticed they went about 6 weeks without assessing any flopping warnings or fines. Did they get busy with the Sacramento relocation or coaching officials on how to help the Lakers? I saw 3 obvious flops by Corey Brewer in one game that wasn’t warned.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      They did must start to let it go for really a couple months in the middle of the season.

      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        Trying to make sense of this sentence made me brain hurt.

  4. 91devinhester23 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    won’t stop wade lebron cp3 etc

  5. rodge1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM


    How many warnings did Wade & Lebron get this season for flopping?… Stop being a hater… Your buddy Devin Hester is from south FL, he’d be ashamed of you.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Should have gotten 25 of them, but didn’t.

    • mytthor - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      I don’t really see LeBron flopping much. Wade is terrible, though.

    • kavika6 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:12 AM

      Getting warnings and deserving warnings are two different things. Stern’s darlings get away with everything.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Somehow Haslem, Battier and Chalmers don’t even draw a warning all season.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    And before any of you slags try to pull the “everyone does it” line attempting to justify it, not a single person on the Knicks flips.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      And before any of you slags try to pull the “everyone does it” line attempting to justify it, not a single person on the Knicks flops.

      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Gotta put some effort on D to be in position to flop. We all know Melo and JR wouldn’t even consider it.

      • mytthor - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        That’s not true; if you’re Chris Paul you can flop whenever you want. He flopped when I typed this comment.

  8. rodge1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    Yes, you’ve made it clear all season long that the Knicks are perfect and the best team. Ignorance is bliss and I’m envious of yours.

  9. Legacy112 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I’m glad this rule has worked. Flopping has diminished a lot compared to last season.

    Knicks. Clippers. Heat. Celtics. Spurs. Were the biggest floppers last season. This year they have all improved.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Clippers still rank in the top 3. CP3 is just a master of the art. Took the title from Ginoboli and hasn’t looked back since.

  10. 13arod - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    the bulls get away with flopping every game and don’t see them getting fined

  11. eventhorizon04 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    It’s not really the fines so much as public shaming that makes this potentially effective.

    Fans long accused certain players of flopping, but it was just fan opinion.
    Now, the NBA is “officially ruling” certain players guilty of flopping. That hurts a player worse than a $5k fine.

    The main question is, will the NBA have the balls to label a star player during the playoffs as a flopper? They sent CP3 a warning, but sending CP3 a warning for an *hilariously* obvious flop that even Clippers fans were embarrassed about during a regular season game against Sacramento is one thing. However, the playoffs are a different stage.

  12. savvybynature - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    If they don’t make more consistent rulings then it’s meaningless imo. Bosh had two flops this season where there wasn’t even contact and the league did nothing. I’m sure there were others too.
    Exaggerating actual contact to draw a foul is almost a part of the game, with a player’s only alternative sometimes being to get beat up over the course of a game and season (or series, in this case). The refs can’t see everything, after all. But to just flop out of nowhere, or initiate contact on purpose and then flop, that is shameless.
    If this rule is actually enforced, then I’d expect Harden to rack up fines in excess of $30K within the first quarter of the first playoff game. And yes, CP3 too.

  13. kavika6 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Too bad a certain amount of flops doesn’t lose the game. With fair officiating the Heat would get swept in the first round.

  14. rodge1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:33 AM


    You’re a year late with the ref-excuse(s), but nice to see your hate. Your hate & tears will make these playoffs even sweeter here in Miami.

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